Best ever Christmas leftovers recipes

Overdone it on Christmas lunch? Our best ever easy recipe ideas turn your leftover Brussels sprouts, turkey, parsnips and ham into delicious dishes for Boxing Day and beyond

California grilled Reuben

This West Coast version of a deli sandwich uses smoked turkey rather than pastrami. This makes more coleslaw than you’ll need for the sandwiches but it’ll keep for 2-3 days in the fridge


Ham, pickled pear and blue cheese salad

This ham, pickled pear and blue cheese salad is a great way to use up left-over ham and cheese from the festive season. It’s an easy starter for 4, or a quick meal for 2.

Spiced shepherd’s pie with parsnip mash

Make a healthier version of a family favourite. Shepherd’s pie is made with lamb’s mince and this easy recipe, is topped with a creamy parsnip mash. Good weekend comfort food.

Turkey and ham raised pie

This pie is a great way of using up leftover turkey and ham…two of the most festive meats. It might take a bit of effort but it’s delicious and a great way of using up both meats in one go. It would go well on the Boxing Day buffet table alongside cheese and crackers.


Turkey chilli bean stew

This is a good way of using up cooked meat over the holidays – chicken or ham would work nicely as well. The chipotle paste and smoked paprika gives this a lovely smoky, but not too hot, chilli flavour.

Broccoli soup with blue cheese croutons

A broccoli soup is a wonderful winter soup to quickly whip up when you need some green vegetables and you’ve had enough of all that Christmas turkey and ham! If you have any leftover Stilton, you could use that here instead of the dolcelatte.

Brussels bubble and squeak with poached egg

Whether you love them, or hate them, it’s likely you’re going to have leftover sprouts that need using up. These brussel bubble and squeak cakes replace the cabbage for a twist on the classic. You can use leftover potatoes up too. Try serving them for a mid-morning brunch along with lots of coffee.


Smoked haddock and ham gratin

This smoked haddock and ham gratin turns everyday ingredients into a really comforting dish, perfect for Christmas leftovers for the whole family to enjoy.

Shredded turkey quesadillas

An easy way to use up any turkey leftovers, these turkey quesadillas are delicious and couldn’t be easier to make for a lunch or snack. Add fresh coriander, red onion, tomato and chilli, grate over some cheese and cook until warmed through

Pizza bianca with smoked salmon and spring onions

Try this delicious pizza bianca (with a creamy white base rather than tomato sauce). Spring onion, rocket and smoked salmon mean this pizza is piled high with fresh summery flavours.

Spiced parsnip soup

A spicy parsnip soup is a real winter favourite and is perfect for a chilly Christmas week night when you want something quick and easy and not too fancy! This version is spiced with garam masala and paprika

Mix and match mac ‘n’ cheese bar

A cheese board is a classic Christmas Day meal. While you can never have too much cheese, it’s difficult to get through it all. If you’re in this situation, try making this mac ‘n’ cheese. It’s a great way to use up left over cheddar and parmesan, but will keep all the family happy between Christmas and New Year.

Mix and match mac 'n' cheese bar

Posh bubble and squeak (with chestnuts)

Who doesn’t love bubble ‘n’ squeak? Posh it up with pancetta and cooked chestnuts, and you’ve got yourself the perfect Boxing Day brunch.

Bacon, brussels and chilli broth

This bacon, brussels and chilli broth is a great, healthy way to warm up winter and use up any leftovers you might have. Even sprout-haters will love it

Parsnip and potato rösti

A twist on the classic potato rösti to use up leftover parsnips from the festive season. Serve this rösti alongside a roast or top with a poached egg for brunch.

Chicken and shredded sprouts pie with butterbean mash

This chicken and shredded sprouts pie with butterbean mash is a healthy version of your favourite comfort food. Use brussels sprouts for a real depth of flavour.

Asian hot and sour turkey soup

Turn your turkey leftovers into an easy hot and zingy soup – ready in less than 20 minutes. Chilli and soy make a great flavour base for a healthy but hearty dish

Cranberry and almond muffins

If you fancy doing some Christmas baking, try these cranberry and almond muffins. They’re a great way to use up cranberries without having to make them into a sauce. They’re simple to make so children can join in too. They’d make a great breakfast or mid-afternoon snack.

Cranberry And Almond Muffins

olive magazine podcast ep78 – Christmas condiments, fancy brunches and our foodie guide to eating and drinking in central London

This week on the olive magazine podcast we talk Christmas condiments, the rise and rise of fancy brunches, and where to grab the best food and drink in central London while Christmas shopping.